Thunderbird Inn

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Overview of Thunderbird Inn

Thunderbird Inn

2.5 star property
Mackinaw City family-friendly motel with 2 indoor pools

7.8/10 Good

1,002 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
The price is AU$104
Price available on 21/8/2022
146 Old Us 31, Mackinaw City, MI, 49701
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 2 indoor pools
  • Free ferry terminal shuttle
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Spa tub
  • Babysitting
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Playground
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal - 2 min drive
  • Lake Huron - 4 min drive
  • Lake Michigan - 6 min drive
  • Headlands International Dark Sky Park - 9 min drive
  • Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau - 171 min drive

Getting around

  • Pellston, MI (PLN-Pellston Regional) - 29 min drive
  • Mackinac Island, MI (MCD) - 32 min drive
  • Free ferry terminal shuttle

About this property

Thunderbird Inn

Thunderbird Inn puts you within a 10-minute drive of Lake Michigan. Guests can take a dip in one of 2 indoor pools, and the spa tub makes for a relaxing end to the day. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and location.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 48 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 4 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • This property will place a credit card authorization of 1 night for any bookings where payment for the stay will be made on site instead of at the time of booking.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Babysitting*


  • Pets allowed*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Pet sitting services offered


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Free ferry terminal shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free
  • Playground
  • Babysitting (surcharge)

What to do

  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Cross-country skiing nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Snowmobiling nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • 1 building/tower
  • 2 indoor pools
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Spa tub


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Climate-controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Access via exterior corridors

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 25.0 per night


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 25 per accommodation, per stay

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • The seasonal pool is open from May 01 to October 31

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Also known as

Thunderbird Inn Mackinaw City
Thunderbird Mackinaw City
Thunderbird Inn Motel
Thunderbird Inn Mackinaw City
Thunderbird Inn Motel Mackinaw City

Frequently asked questions

Does Thunderbird Inn offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Thunderbird Inn does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Thunderbird Inn?
As of 17 Aug. 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Thunderbird Inn on 21 Aug. 2022 start from AU$104, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Thunderbird Inn?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Thunderbird Inn?
Yes, there are 2 indoor pools and a seasonal outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at Thunderbird Inn?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 25 per accommodation, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees. Pet-sitting services are available.
Is parking offered on site at Thunderbird Inn?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Thunderbird Inn?
You can check in from 4 PM - 11:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-out and contactless check-out are available.
Is there an onsite casino at Thunderbird Inn?
No, this motel doesn't have a casino, but Kewadin Casino - St. Ignace (16-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at Thunderbird Inn and nearby?
Have fun with nearby winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing, and in warmer months enjoy a round of golf at the nearby golf course. Soothe your senses in the spa tub or take an invigorating swim in one of the 2 indoor swimming pools. Thunderbird Inn also has a seasonal outdoor pool.
Are there restaurants at or near Thunderbird Inn?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include The Lighthouse Restaurant (10-min walk), Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Co. (11-min walk), and Anna's Country Buffet (13-min walk).
What's the area around Thunderbird Inn like?
Thunderbird Inn is a short 8-minute walk from Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal and 11 minutes' walk from Lake Huron. Travelers recommend the motel for its walkable location.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



4/10 Fair

Not great
Tv remote did not work and the shower wa terrible
1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

It's a little dated but it was clean and the front staff was awesome
Diane, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Jessica, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

leann, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Black mold on curtains, mildew smell in room,
Black mold on curtains, mildew smell strong in room, carpet moist, did not stay due to allergies, they offered another room but no refund. We went elsewhere
Tina, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Fine Stay
Hotel was fine. Budget hotel so nothing fancy, but overall clean and the staff were very friendly.
Ed, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Okay for the price.
The room was ok for the price and that is why we booked it. We were coming in late and only staying one night. It appeared clean and was free of bugs. When we first opened the door we noticed an odd smell. We left the door open while we unloaded our bike and the smell seemed to dissipate. It was definitely outdated. The air conditioner was an in wall unit. The heater was not like anything I had seen before. It was in the wall about half way up and right beside the door. It had push buttons to select the heat setting and a dial to select the temperature. The hair dryer was one from my childhood. It worked, but I didn't even know what it was at first. The shower was hot, but the shower head was mounted in such a way that only worked if you were tall. The mattress was hard. They didn't have breakfast, but offered buy 1 get 1 deals from 3 local restaurants.
Jennifer, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

No major issues with our stay
Check in was VERY slow. Indoor pool wasn’t working so you have to walk to the property next door. Was offered the meeting/ old breakfast area for our group to meet in. It was filthy! Garbage everywhere, moldy food on the floor. We did not use it. Rooms were comfortable and the cleaning staff was great. I would stay here again but highly recommend they enforce the cleaning up after your dog rule. There was so much poop in the playground area that the kids had to watch out for land mines while running around
Melissa, 2-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Lacking in Customer Service
My room was not ready when I arrived well after check-in time. After being gone most of day 2 of our stay, upon our return our room was left unserviced. I simply asked for fresh towels. An hour later, they came to our room to say they didn't have any available.
Anthony, 2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Lichele, 1-night family trip
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